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Online Teaching Software

Top Hat is online teaching software that allows you to teach effectively online within your classroom and lecture environment

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Top Hat’s online teaching software engages your students

As instructors move towards making their learning environments more digital and collaborative, the need for reliable technology in the classroom becomes increasingly important. That’s where Top Hat’s online teaching software comes in. It transforms smartphones, laptops, and tablets into teaching tools, allowing educators to create a robust, engaging classroom for the learner.

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Streamline your lecture prep

Top Hat’s online teaching software allows higher education instructors to populate their lecture slides with a range of interactive question types, making student learning more fun. We offer a range of flexible question types, including multiple choice, word answer, numeric answer, fill-in-the-blank and more. Our learning platform also offers advanced question types and integrations with video assignment tool YouSeeU and chemistry drawing tool ChemAxon. Pressed for time? As an educator, you can import free, pre-made interactive questions from the Top Hat Marketplace, an online hub that houses thousands of pieces of educational content. We offer industry-leading instructional design and curriculum design support, so educators are set up for success from day one.

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Eliminate the need for extra hardware with Top Hat’s online teaching software

Our online teaching software syncs directly with the devices your students already own and use on a daily basis. There’s no need for them to purchase additional hardware. Simply download our app and away you go. We also offer integrations with popular learning management systems, including Moodle, Blackboard and Desire2Learn.

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Track attendance easily

Instructors can automatically verify whether a student is physically present in class. They can easily take attendance using our online teaching software by prompting students to sign in on their devices using a unique code. Instructors can auto-assign grades for attendance. Top Hat uses proprietary market-leading technology to verify the physical location of students, ensuring that only those students attending get counted. And, we also built in excused absence options for flexibility.

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A fully synchronous lecture experience

Enhance the learning experience by using Top Hat’s online teaching software to offer a synchronous lecture. Instructors can sync their lecture slides with students’ devices, allowing them to follow along in real-time. Students are unable to move ahead of the instructor, so their attention remains focused on what’s being presented. You can share student responses and correct answers to questions posed in class using visual graphs, word clouds and heat maps.

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Run polls and ask questions in-class

Assess student comprehension and understanding on the fly. Our online teaching software allows instructors to embed interactive polling questions between slides, creating one seamless presentation aligned to a lecture plan. And the interactive component encourages students to engage and collaborate with their peers.

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Create a learning environment that motivates students to participate

Motivate students to participate by using Top Hat’s online teaching software to facilitate real-time discussions embedded within the flow of a lecture. Students can choose to contribute anonymously, ensuring that everyone feels comfortable sharing their thoughts, even when the subject matter is sensitive.

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Save time with auto-grading

Track student performance and automatically assign grading weight to interactive questions, attendance and participation, all uploaded directly into the Top Hat gradebook. All responses and participation grades are captured instantly in the Top Hat gradebook for students to access any time. You can export grades easily to your learning management system. And you can analyze auto-graded results to gauge comprehension and identify concepts to review or reinforce in your next lecture.

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With Top Hat’s online teaching software, students keep learning after class is finished

A true digital classroom experience doesn’t start and end in the space of your lecture window. Once your lecture is complete, you can assign slides in review mode, meaning students can then download and study them at any time. Plus, you can add digital learning activities like quizzes to offline assignments and coursework to keep the learning experience alive.

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Creating a more engaged classroom is easy with Top Hat’s online teaching software

Pedagogical strategies like blended learning, online learning, flipped classrooms, elearning and the use of educational technology are on the rise. Our web-based teaching software is proven to increase student engagement in classrooms. We’re used by over 750 of the top 1000 colleges and universities across North America. See why they trust us — sign up for a personalized walk-through today.

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Create an active learning environment where every student, from the front to the back row, can participate and have a voice

Enhance your teaching methods by using Top Hat to offer a synchronous lecture with a focus on student-centered learning.

Instructors can sync their lecture slides with students’ devices, allowing them to follow along in real-time.

Students are unable to move ahead of the instructor, so their attention remains focused on what’s being presented.

You can share student responses and correct answers to questions posed in class using visual graphs, word clouds and heat maps.

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FAQ

What is online teaching software?

Online teaching software is designed for instructors to teach courses in an online environment with existing hardware they already use. Top Hat helps facilitate a more active classroom, with instructors able to add content, easily create polls, take attendance and more.

Is Top Hat free?

The software is free to use for educators, students pay a fee when faculty decide whether to adopt Top Hat Classroom, Test or adopt premium textbook content from the marketplace